Achieving Normal-Range Blood Sugar Levels with the Help of Vitamin C
Researchers at the Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services in Iran tracked the progress of 84 diabetics given either 500 mg or 1,000 mg of supplemental vitamin C every day for six weeks. Taking 500 mg of vitamin C a day did not result in any changes in diabetic status. Taking 1000 mg of vitamin C every day, however, produced dramatically lower levels of fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and HbA1C in just seven weeks.
How much lower?
Vitamin C essentially enabled participants in the trial to achieve normal range blood sugar levels:
- Average fasting blood glucose levels fell from 169 mg/dl to 145 mg/dl.
- Average HbA1C fell from 8.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent. (This is better than most medications.)
- Average LDL cholesterol fell from 131 mg/dl to 126 mg/dl.
- And the drop in insulin levels was astonishing, from 16.91 microunits per ml to 8.77 microunits per ml.
When there is less insulin, there is less fat storage. Vitamin C should help diabetics keep from gaining weight.
If you are already on medication or insulin, the additional benefits of taking a 1,000 mg vitamin C tablet every day may be limited. Also, vitamin C in your blood interacts with the enzymes in blood glucose test strips. Your glucometer readings may run 5-8 mg/dl below the actual blood sugar value. For best results, use an extended-release formula, and do not take more than 1,000 mg a day. Even better? Eat fresh fruit twice a day and take a 500 mg vitamin C tablet once a day.Feb 24th by admin